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Holiday Planners, Start Your Engines


It’s no secret that the best holiday moments are in front of a roaring fire, over hot cocoa, during a snowball fight, under the mistletoe, or amidst bright lights. Join the joyful ranks of the holiday planners this year so that your December can be spent somewhere — anywhere — other than the shopping mall parking lot. We’re bringing you deals to make shopping early simple; let us count the ways…

Gift her the en vogue tartan plaid blanket scarf, and she’ll be feeling toasty and trendy well into the new year. This ladylike monogrammed scalloped clutch is the perfect present to show you’ve thought ahead, whereas the outdoorsy type may find this fun beverage mitten particularly useful.

This bluetooth headset is ideal for the commuter or fitness friend, and these stainless steel chopping scissors will be a beloved new tool for anyone that spends their fair share of time in the kitchen. Help the bikers in your life just say no to riding and texting with a universal bike mount phone holder, and you best not arrive at your host residence empty handed — a delectable tin of David’s Cookies and Brownies will do the trick.

Thinking outside of the box? Forget the freezing and jet your family off for an all-inclusive stay at the stunning Grand Oasis Tulum in Mexico. For experiences closer to home, do a daily browse at LivingSocial.com — just enter your recipient’s city at the top right of the webpage to check out the fun times waiting in their hometown. We’re obsessed with Alice’s Tea Cup in NYC, and can’t count the amazing spa deals and live events across the country. Click “gift it” and deliver digitally wherever you are.

Check back for more tips and great deals from our shopping specialists over the coming weeks. Happy planning!

Gift Them Something to Talk About with LivingSocial

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No matter how you make it through your shopping list, LivingSocial has you covered with seasonal solutions for every type of gift giver. Celebrate with a selection of memory-making experiences along with more traditional gifts and holiday trimmings.

Gift Them Something to Talk About
Give the gift of memorable experiences from the hottest restaurants and relaxing spas to weekend getaways and global adventures. The only present more fun than a beach vacation is one wrapped in paper featuring the recipient’s gorgeous face – or yours! What holiday hostess doesn’t need flowers or the famous crowd-pleasing pears? Take your stocking game up a notch with personalized items for every member of the family (tip: best when ordered early)!

Holiday Planner
Did you know that close to 40 percent of holiday shoppers start their shopping as early as before Halloween? And another 41.5 percent say they begin in November, according to the National Retail Federation’s holiday spending survey. If early fits your style, LivingSocial can help you save at any date, decorate your home, your party or yourself and celebrate the festivities with style.

Shopping on a Budget
At LivingSocial, great deals are a year-round guarantee, not just a holiday happening. Lists for family, friends, and even the hard to please are easily filled with a vast selection of activities to do and see, as well as thoughtful personalized items and stocking stuffers. Sparkling savings can be found for everyone and you will have enough left to treat yourself too.

Last-Minute Gifter
So you’re not one to plan in advance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gift greatness in a jiff. Choose from dining, theatre, fun runs and race car driving, or splurge on bucket list destination travel — we make your last-minute click look like a grand plan. Just look for the gift icon when purchasing. You can print, email, or schedule the gift to be sent on a specific date. We even have some ideas on how to wrap a voucher.

Treat Yourself
With your extra time and money you can treat yourself. Get started today with a 20 percent off site-wide sale good through Friday, November 20 at 11:59pm PT when you use promo code: ENJOY20.

Look for additional savings on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday as LivingSocial will feature extra discounts on our website and the mobile apps throughout the holiday season.

5 Reasons to Love Restaurants Plus in D.C.

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After launching in Atlanta in mid-September, LivingSocial Restaurants Plus has landed in the nation’s capital, here to help you earn cashback as you wine and dine your way through D.C. To celebrate, registered diners – yes, you – can earn up to $20 cashback at LivingSocial’s #SocialHour event from 3pm to midnight on the evening of TONIGHT when you dine at participating Plus restaurants.

1. Cha-ching! Earn as you go.
Sign up and enjoy cashback when you eat and drink at more than 140 restaurants, bars, and cafés in the area. Our restaurant partners set a discount that varies throughout the day (starting at 10 percent) — look it up anytime to determine what you’ll save. Then, when you use your activated card to pay for your meal, you’ll get a text or email letting you know exactly how much cashback to expect.

2. Check what’s closeby.
Hanging out on H Street NE? Head to Sticky Rice. On U Street? Lost Society is on the list. Aiming to end up in AdMo? Earn cashback at Bourbon. Check out which local spots are offering the best savings, no matter where you are. Simply use the map tool to search by proximity or rewards, and you’ll be able to decide where you want to drink or dine.

3. No printing or fumbling for your phone.
Eat, swipe, earn. It’s that simple. You don’t have to prove you’re a part of the program or present any sort of voucher or code to show that you qualify for savings. Just join, and when you accrue $10 in savings, you’ll receive your payout on your selected card.

4. You can use it on a date…
… and your date won’t even have to know! Once you activate your card, you can use it at any of our participating establishments. Swipe your card at the end of the meal, and only you will be privy to exactly how much you save when you get your text or email notification.

5. Jumbo Pizza, brunch, or happy hour — need we say more?
In D.C., there’s always an opportunity for epicurean delight, so whether you’re noshing on Sunday morning, grabbing lunch, having happy hour after work, or chowing down late at night, you can turn your cravings into savings without thinking twice about it.

Witches, Ghosts, And Goblins, Oh My!

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Halloween, one of the fastest growing holidays in America, just got a little more haunted with this list of fun yet frightening haunted houses around the country. These scary good deals will only be around for a couple more weeks, so make sure to make the most of your ghoulish side this Halloween season in a city near you:

The Queen Mary, Long Beach, Calif. No one knows the horrors of the sea better than the ghosts and ghouls aboard The Queen Mary, one of the world’s best-preserved ocean liners. Journey into seven labyrinths of horror and plumb the depths of h-e-double hockey stick, accompanied by the restless spirits of former passengers and crew on this exceptional haunted house of the sea.

Zombie Train, West Sacramento and Oakdale, Calif. Take a 40-minute passenger train ride like you’ve never experienced before with this deal for one ticket to the Zombie Train: Evacuation. This isn’t your typical haunted house, but rather an innovative, frightening and exhilarating adventure full of grisly zombies looking for their next meal. All aboard who dare!

Psychosis Haunted House, Elgin, Ill. Named one of the top haunted houses in Illinois, this spooky estate has been scaring visitors since 2008. Swing by for a startling evening that will surely have you sleeping with the lights on afterward.

Midnight Terror Haunted House, Oak Lawn, Ill. Located southwest of Chicago, this spine-tingling attraction features two haunted houses with more than 30 rooms and a cast of more than 60 actors ready to freak you out. With 15 years of experience delivering spectacular haunts, we’re pretty sure they know what they’re doing.

The Asylum House, Indianapolis, Ind. If you’re looking for protection from danger, you picked the wrong type of asylum. This creeptastic haunted house will have you feeling anything but secure as you explore the four scream-worthy scenes of this macabre madhouse with its cadaverous corners and wretched residents.

Lakeville Haunted House, Lakeville, Mass. Take the fast track to terror with two tickets to a tour of the Lakeville Haunted House, which includes a fast pass to move you to the front of the line. Prepare to confront excellent evil on your choice of weekend in October — you might make it out alive, but you’ll never be the same.

Blood Manor, New York City, N.Y. Hailed by the Travel Channel as one of America’s scariest attractions, Blood Manor enters its 11th year of scaring NYC residents with some of the most hair-raising attractions around. Admittance comes with a glow stick… you’ll need it.

Spring Mountain Adventures, Spring Mount, Pa. Spring Mountain Adventures goes by a very different name during the waning twilight hours of autumn: Scream Mountain. Explore the horrifying delights of the season with this haunted mountainside adventure filled with the unexpected. Chilling chairlift rides? Yes, they do exist.

What could be a more perfect reason to hang onto your boo?

Harvest Your Fall Happiness

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Put away your summer clothes, grab a pumpkin-spiced beverage and get ready to enjoy mother nature because cozy autumn days and crisp fall nights are finally back! Our fall fest collection has everything you need this season from the spookiest Halloween supplies to unforgettable winery tours.

Start this season off right with a family and friends trip to Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch in the quaint community of Middletown, MD. Enjoy all the classics like corn field mazes, enchanting hayrides and of course, pumpkins. Once you pick the ideal pumpkin, customize it with this unique decal kit. And come Halloween night, keep those imaginative juices flowing with personalized M&Ms that every trick-or-treater will love.

Every year, thousands of people wait until the last minute to get their Halloween costumes. This year plan ahead and get $30 to spend online at Costume Discounters for only $15. Combine the perfect costume with spooky decorations and watch the little kiddos flock to your house. No trick-or-treater will be able to resist when you set up this 7-feet long skeleton on a train inflatable or 9-feet tall inflatable animated pumpkin ghost.

Cheers to the new harvest with this fall discovery pack with 15 bottles of wine. This assortment of red and white wines will calm your fears after a frightening haunted ghost tour in the nation’s capital. If you think that was scary, just wait until you experience Bennett’s Curse, a Travel Channel-featured scarefest located in the heart of downtown Baltimore.

Are you looking for something a little more relaxing this fall? Well, grab that special someone and take an award-winning wine tour at the Philip Carter Winery in rural Virginia. Or how about a full day of unlimited golfing at Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club in northern Virginia with your best friends?

Take advantage of the outdoors this fall season because winter is right around the corner!